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Thursday 21 August 2014
Dan Primack, Fortune

Didn’t see that coming: Uber yesterday hired former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe as its senior vice president of policy and strategy. Yes, the same Uber whose co-founder and CEO used to use the Atlas Shrugged coer image as his Twitter avatar. I guess on-demand car services make strange bedfellows…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Matt Mernagh, Now (Toronto)

…the Prince isn’t fazed in the least that the Liberals are running away from his advances; his show must go on. It’s part of his quest to be a libertarian Randian hero and stage performer.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Aug 2014
Tim Cavanaugh, National Review Online - The Corner

“Something is different,” begins one recent, extremely solemn, opinion piece (which blames events in a town and state with a Republican mayor and Democratic governor on, naturally, Randian libertarians). “Every person I spoke to said the same thing: this is the beginning of something big.”

Yeah, that’s just not true.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Craig Biddle, The Objective Standard

…there are all kinds of public debates. Within the Objectivist movement, there are all kinds of debates. And between libertarians and Objectivists, there are some very important, fundamental differences. What we…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Matt Novak, Gizmodo

One episode of this past season’s Veep on HBO featured the fictional vice president visiting Silicon Valley. She meets with a techno-utopian CEO who explains what he needs from Washington. His remarks about seeing his company as “post-tax” sound an awful lot like the rhetoric of men like Kalanick, who until recently had the cover of Ayn Rand’s book The Fountainhead as his Twitter avatar.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Colette McIntyre, Styleite

Clarissa Explains It All.
This depends on who your date most identified with. If Clarissa, they definitely have a personal blog and will wear leggings as if they are actual pants; if Ferguson, they have a thing for Ayn Rand but want to date someone more “free-spirited” than them.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Cian Cruise, Splitsider

The references wove intricate layers of meaning, so that you were rewarded upon coming back to an episode after reading Ayn Rand or watching The Great Escape.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Sean Howe, Wired Magazine

This great universe of dark characters, with their long trench coats and big guns, and all the beautiful women, helped focus me,” he says. So too did the work of Spillane admirer Ayn Rand, whose Romantic Manifesto legitimized heroic fiction for him.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014

It is the helplessness and innocence of children that make their entitlement to assistance so fundamentally clear and therefore so difficult to fold into a truly libertarian polity. This is perhaps why, for all the sex that Ayn Rand’s characters have — most of them unmarried, many adulterous — they never seem to have children. It’s hard to maintain an ethic of total self-reliance and individualism when a child’s dependency so frankly and obviously demonstrates the moral bankruptcy underlying such principles.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Matt Miller, Washington Post
Paul Ryan  

Does anyone outside the echo chamber of the right believe this nonsense? Someone, please, pry the drooled-upon pages of Ayn Rand from author Ryan’s sleeping grasp. Yet for all his ideology, Ryan is spot-on about one big thing: the need to tackle the United States’ out-of…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Aug 2014
Richard A. Epstein, Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Krugman doesn’t have that excuse. He fails to understand how institutions work because it is so much easier to slam libertarians for their cultish devotion to Ayn Rand. The truth is, as I argued in an earlier critique of Rand Paul, libertarianism has a strong and useful theory of rights, but offers only loose guidance on the mix between public and private remedies…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
David Martin, Huffington Post Canada

Even the former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan had to finally fess up that he had it all wrong. That aging acolyte of Ayn Rand thought the financial markets and their leaders would all act rationally when history could have warned him otherwise.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014